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Ballon d’Or 2022 nominees shortlist announcement LIVE – Karim Benzema, Beth Mead, Alexia Putellas in contention


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The shortlists for the various 2022 Ballon d’Or awards will be revealed on Friday afternoon as France Football holds its nominees announcement, and you can follow all the latest developments with us right here.

The French publication awards the most prestigious individual prize in football and a live show will be hosted via L’Equipe from 17:30-20:00 UK time, with the nominees for the men’s and women’s Ballon d’Or revealed. In addition, the shortlists will also be released for the Kopa Trophy, which goes to the best Under-21 player in the world, and the Yashin Trophy, awarded to the best goalkeeper.

Karim Benzema is heavy favourite to claim the men’s Ballon d’Or after winning the Champions League and La Liga with Real Madrid last season. If so, it would be his first award, and he would succeed Lionel Messi, who won the award for a record seventh time last year.

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For the women’s award, England’s Beth Mead is likely to be a contender having won player of the tournament and Golden Boot as the Lionesses won Euro 2022.

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18:46: Ballon d’Or – Nominees

Here we go then! Time for the men’s nominees.

Not content with already being favourite for one award, Thibaut Courtois is also listed in the top 30 for the main trophy. The Premier League’s top scorer Mo Salah is included, after also providing the most assists last season, despite Liverpool falling just short of the title.

AC Milan’s Rafael Leao, Bundesliga Player of the Season for 2021/22 Christopher Nkunku and Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich are all on the list.

Mohamed Salah (11) of Liverpool FC greets fans at the end of the UEFA Champions League final match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France on May 28, 2022.

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18:40: Yachine Trophy

In all the excitement, we skipped through the goalkeepers in contention for this year’s Yachine Trophy too quickly for my liking.

Real Madrid’s Champions League final hero Thibaut Courtois will be the favourite to lift the trophy after being included in the top ten, but we have had a closer look at who else will be vying to win the prize.

See this year’s contenders here.

18:28: Home win in Paris?

Four French internationals are in the running to win the Ballon d’Or Feminin and they will all be dreaming of lifting the trophy in their capital city at October’s ceremony.

18:23: Double delight for Arsenal

In the women’s category, Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema have both been nominated.

18:11: Ballon d’Or Feminin – Nominees

Here is the full list of nominees for the Ballon d’Or Feminin:

  • Selma Bacha – Lyon
  • Fridolina Rolfo – Barcelona
  • Vivianne Miedema – Arsenal
  • Lucy Bronze – Barcelona
  • Sam Kerr – Chelsea
  • Christiane Endler – Lyon
  • Lena Oberdorf – Wolfsburg
  • Catarina Macario – Lyon
  • Alexia Putellas – Barcelona
  • Alexandra Popp – Wolfsburg
  • Aitana Bonmati – Barcelona
  • Wendie Renard – Lyon
  • Alex Morgan – San Diego Wave
  • Beth Mead – Arsenal
  • Asisat Oshoala – Barcelona
  • Marie-Antoinette Katoto – PSG
  • Millie Bright – Chelsea
  • Trinity Rodman – Washington Spirit
  • Ada Hegerberg – Lyon

Alexia Putellas, ganadora del Balón de Oro 2021

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18:01: Ballon d’Or Feminin – Nominees

Three of England’s Euro 2022 winning side have been nominated for the Ballon d’Or Feminin with player of the tournament Beth Mead unsurprisingly included in the top 20, along with defenders Millie Bright and Lucy Bronze.

Favourite, and current holder, Alexia Putellas is nominated, as is 2018 winner Ada Hederberg, whose Champions League goals led Lyon to their eighth European title.

Lyon captain Wendie Renard is on the shortlist, while the Women’s Super League player of the season Sam Kerr is in with a chance after hitting 20 goals in 20 league games.

Beth Mead

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17:57: Kopa Trophy – Eduardo Camavinga

Real Madrid are happy with the news that their player is in the top ten for the Kopa Trophy!

17:53: Yachin Trophy – Nominees

Wow! They usually drag these award do’s out, but they are flying through this! On to the goalkeepers nominated for the Yachin Trophy.

They are:

  • Yassine Bounou – Sevilla
  • Alisson Becker – Liverpool
  • Thibaut Courtois – Real Madrid
  • Ederson – Manchester City
  • Mike Maignan – AC Milan
  • Edouard Mendy – Chelsea
  • Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich
  • Jan Oblak – Atletico Madrid
  • Kevin Trapp – Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Hugo Lloris – Tottenham

17:51: Kopa Trophy

In all their glory, the ten nominees for the Kopa Trophy are:

  • Karim Adeyami – Borussia Dortmund
  • Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund
  • Eduardo Camavinga – Real Madrid
  • Gavi – Barcelona
  • Ryan Gravenberch – Bayern Munich
  • Nuno Mendes – PSG
  • Jamal Musiala – Bayern Munich
  • Josko Gvardiol – RB Leipzig
  • Bukayo Saka – Arsenal
  • Florian Wirtz – Bayer Leverkusen

17:44: Kopa Trophy – Nominees continued…

After bouncing back from his penalty shootout heart ache in the final of Euro 2020, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been recognised for his impressive form which led to him being the club’s player of the season.

Joining him among the ten nominees are PSG’s Nuno Mendes, RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol and Bayer Leverkusen star Florian Weltz – who became the first player under the age of 19 to score more than 10 Bundesliga goals in November 2021.

Completing the list is former Chelsea academy player Jamal Musiala, who now stars for Bayern Munich and has chosen to represent Germany instead of England at international level.

Bakayo Saka – FC Arsenal

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17:36: Kopa Trophy – Nominees

After a second place finish last year, England and Borussia Dortmund forward Jude Bellingham is among the ten nominees for the Kopa Trophy, along with his club teammate Karim Adeyemi.

After helping Ajax to the Eredivisie title, Ryan Gravenberch earnt himself a move to Bayern Munich this summer and is nominated, along with Barcelona’s Gavi and Read Madrid midfielder Aduardo Camavinga, who helped his club win the Champions League.

Five more names to come in this category…

17:30: Here we go!

Right then, the good folk at France Football are about to start revealing the nominees. Good luck all. Hold tight.

17:00: Order of play

We’ll begin by finding out who is up for the Kopa Trophy, awarded to the best footballer under the age of 21, then it will be on to the goalkeepers in the Yashin Trophy, before the Ballon d’Or Feminin and Ballon d’Or contenders are revealed.

So, first up are the youngsters. The stars of the future. Those who are expected to take the sport by storm in the coming years.

I would love to know if anything became of the trophy’s inaugural winner from 2018…

16:40: Ballon d’Or Feminin

In the three years of awarding the Ballon d’Or Feminin, no player has placed in the top three on more than one occasion, but perhaps Alexia Putellas is waiting to buck that trend. Norway’s Ada Hegerberg was the inaugural recipient in 2018, with Pernille Harder second and Dzsenifer Marozsan in third.

In 2019, there was English success, with Lucy Bronze placing second, Megan Rapinoe taking the main trophy and Alex Morgan coming third.

The current holder – and favourite to receive the prize again – is Putellas of Barcelona, while Jennifer Hermoso and Sam Kerr were behind her in the rankings last year.

16:30: One hour to go

16:15: Firsts and lasts

Lionel Messi won the men’s trophy for a record seventh time in 2021, with his Copa America success with Argentina seeing him come out on top ahead of Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho.

Due to his dominance of the award, if you were asked ‘who is the reigning champion?’ you would probably fancy yourself to know the answer.

However, something that may come as a surprise is the first winner of the Ballon d’Or – England’s very own Stanley Matthews. While playing for Blackpool, Matthews won the award by three points ahead of Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano.

If you win your pub quiz with that answer, you can thank me later.

Stanley Matthews

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15:45: When will we find out the winner?

Tonight is all about finding out who is in contention, so although we may get a better idea, we still will not know who the winners are.

All will be revealed, once the votes are counted, on the night of October 17, when a glitzy ceremony will take place at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.

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15:30: How does it work?

Tonight, a shortlist of 30 contenders will be revealed for the Ballon d’Or, with 20 names for the women’s award. Highly respected publication, France Football, have put the lists together.

Then, 100 journalists from FIFA’s top 100 nations will pick their top five, and ta-da, the player with the most points wins. Simple.

The jury are making their choices based on three main criteria; individual and collective performance from the previous season, a player’s class and their career.

15:15: Ballon d’Or – Karim Benzema

It has to be Karim Benzema who wins the 2022 Ballon d’Or. His hat-tricks against PSG and Chelsea in the Champions League were heroic and his consistent form in the league too saw him become Real Madrid’s second all-time goalscorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo and, at the time, level with Raul.

Great players, past and present have said Benzema is their pick for the Ballon d’Or so it should be a formality.

15:05: Ballon d’Or – Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane was right on former Liverpool teammate Mo Salah’s tail all season, but it’s his accolades on the international stage which may put him ahead in the Ballon d’Or.

Mane scored the winning penalty in the Africa Cup of Nationals final against Egypt and it was almost a carbon copy a couple months later as Senegal beat the Pharaohs again in their World Cup qualifier.

Mane beat Salah to the African Footballer of the Year, so he could be set for second place behind the big favourite Karim Benzema.

14:55: Ballon d’Or – Vinicius Junior

Vinicius Junior scored the only goal in the Champions League final to break Liverpool’s hearts but it wasn’t just one match where he was brilliant, his entire 2021-22 campaign was superb.

Twenty assists, 22 goals. Not bad considering Karim Benzema will be getting all of the applause and praise. Vinicius will be close to a spot in the top three.

PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 28: Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid celebrates with the UEFA Champions League trophy after the UEFA Champions League final match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid at Stade de France on May 28, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew

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14:45: Ballon d’Or – Robert Lewandowski

Most people’s winner of the 2020 Ballon d’Or, which never happened because of the coronavirus pandemic, should be right in contention once again – we’re talking about Robert Lewandowski of course.

Last season, Lewandowski scored more goals than he had appearances in both the Bundesliga and Champions League – an impressive feat as he found the back of the net 50 times.

He can’t do anymore for Bayern Munich, but it probably won’t be enough to win the Ballon d’Or.

14:35: Ballon d’Or – Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah was on sensational form in the first part of the season, but wasn’t able to string together a run of games with that scintillating spark after the Africa Cup of Nations.

That said, he still ended up with the most assists and goals in the Premier League so it wasn’t all bad. Perhaps on some of the bigger moments, he could have provided Liverpool with a beacon of light as they came close to a quadruple.

14:25: Ballon d’Or – Kylian Mbappe

We start with Kylian Mbappe, the Ligue 1 player of the year who scored 39 goals in all competitions and was only let down in the Champions League when Real Madrid stunned Paris Saint-Germain.

Looking back at previous Ballon d’Or winners, you have to win the Champions League or an international competition. Mbappe hasn’t done either those things.

Again, looking at his pure performance on the football pitch, and let’s be honest a lot has happened off the pitch for Mbappe over the last 12 months, the 23-year-old continues to shine.

14:10: Ballon d’Or contenders

And finally let’s look at the contenders for the Ballon d’Or. If you want to read up on the Ballon d’Or Feminin, the Kopa Trophy and Yashin Trophy, keep scrolling then come back to the top when you’re done!

We’ll wait for you, don’t worry.

14:00: Nominations begin at 17:30 UK time

13:45: Ballon d’Or Feminin – Alexia Putellas

Similarly to Karim Benzema in the men’s competition, Alexia Putellas is the big favourite to win the Ballon d’Or, even though she missed Euro 2022.

Barcelona won all of their league games thanks to Putellas which alone would make her a deserved victor to defend her Ballon d’Or crown.

It’s simply a question of how tough the voters will feel in terms of Putellas missing the biggest tournament of the season through her ACL injury.

Alexia Putellas of Spain poses for a portrait during the official UEFA Women’s Euro England 2022

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13:35: Ballon d’Or Feminin – Vivianne Miedema

Vivianne Miedema has been a stalwart in women’s football, producing another solid campaign with Arsenal.

Had the Ballon d’Or award for women existed in 2017, Miedema would likely have won it. Instead, she’s just been slightly behind other players over the last few years when it’s come to the Ballon d’Or.

This year is a similar story, no silverware and a Euro 2022 marred by coronavirus which saw her miss two games. A top five maybe, but probably not a podium slot.

13:25 Ballon d’Or Feminin – Ade Hegerberg

The first women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg scored in both the semi-final and final of the Champions League to give Lyon their eighth European title.

Her comeback from an anterior cruciate ligament injury ruled her out for 21 months, but she made a stunning comeback and found that magic touch between her boot, the ball and the back of the net within just a few games.

13:15 Ballon d’Or Feminin – Sam Kerr

The WSL player of the year, 20 league goals from 20 games, Sam Kerr was the reason why Chelsea did the league and FA Cup double.

If Chelsea hadn’t exited the Champions League in the group stage, maybe Kerr would be up there with Putellas. Her individual performances alone though were outstanding last season.

13:05: Ballon d’Or Feminin – Wendie Renard

Wendie Renard captained Lyon to the French league and Champions League titles. It’s rare for a defender to win such a big award but Renard just continues to break the record books.

Perhaps France’s failure to reach the Euro 2022 final will be what lets Renard down, but her league form alone was excellent.

12:55: Ballon d’Or Feminin – Beth Mead

Looking purely at her league form, Beth Mead wasn’t even in contention for the Ballon d’Or Feminin before July. However, that all changed when she was THE player at Euro 2022.

Top goalscorer, most assists, player of the tournament, Euro 2022 winner. That is more than enough to fling her up the rankings and perhaps into a top three slot for this year’s award.

Mead was also Arsenal’s player of the season and created the most chances in the WSL. Can she bring the Ballon d’Or home?

Beth Mead of England celebrates with the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Trophy, Player of the Tournament award and the Top Goalscorer award following victory in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final match between England and Germany

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12:40: Ballon d’Or Feminin winners

The Ballon d’Or Feminin began in 2018 with three different winners since the award was introduced. That might change this year though as a certain Spanish player looks odds on to defend her crown.

2018: Ade Hegerberg

2019: Megan Rapinoe

2021: Alexia Putellas

12:25: When are the nominations announced?

Good afternoon if you’re just joining us. We’re building up to the Ballon d’Or nominations which will be revealed from 17:30 this evening.

So far, we’ve been looking at the contenders for the Yashin and Kopa trophies. We’ll do the same for the men’s and women’s Ballon d’Or awards shortly.

Before that though, get yourself some lunch and come back here when you’re tucking into your favourite sandwich. I’m a basic ham and cheese person myself.

12:05: Kopa Trophy – Eduardo Camavinga

Eduardo Camavinga’s role as a super-sub in Real Madrid’s run to the Champions League final was crucial.

Twice he replaced Toni Kroos in their matches against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, twice Madrid came back in thrilling fashion.

His vision and the quality of his left foot proved crucial and he was also a big part of Madrid’s relatively comfortable La Liga title win too.

11:55 Kopa Trophy – Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka responded to his heartbreaking Euro 2020 penalty shootout miss brilliantly last season for Arsenal.

He scored his first Premier League goal against rivals Tottenham Hotspur and was particularly strong in the first half of the season.

Nevertheless, he finished the campaign as Arsenal’s top scorer with 11 goals in the Premier League and won the Player of the Year award for the Gunners.

Bukayo Saka of Arsenal reacts

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11:45: Kopa Trophy – Ryan Gravenberch

Ryan Gravenberch asserted himself as a key player for Ajax side last season, playing nearly every league game as he helped then manager Erik ten Hag to the Eredivisie title.

Gravenberch is a versatile midfielder and has a great range of passing, something Bayern Munich recognised by signing him this summer on a five-year contract.

11:35: Kopa Trophy – Florian Wirtz

Florian Wirtz enjoyed a breakthrough season at Bayer Leverkusen as he became the first player under the age of 19 to score more than 10 Bundesliga goals in November 2021.

He produced 7 goals and 10 assists from 24 Bundesliga appearances and was also key in Leverkusen’s Europa League run.

The team badly missed him in their second leg loss to Atalanta in the Last 16 as Wirtz suffered a cruciate ligament injury which ruled him out for the rest of the season.

11:25 Kopa Trophy – Pedri

Defending Kopa Trophy winner Pedri should be among the nominees again, even though his last 12 months haven’t been quite as special as 2021.

A hamstring injury for the majority of the La Liga season means Pedri hasn’t had as many opportunities to showcase his talent which may give someone else a chance to win the award.

When he has played though, he was excellent, with an unbeaten record in matches he played in La Liga last season.

11:15: Kopa Trophy – Karim Adeyemi

Karim Adeyemi has recently joined Bellingham at Borussia Dortmund, but last season he was playing in the Austrian Bundesliga for Red Bull Salzburg.

He became a regular for the team and helped them reach the knockout stages of the Champions League by scoring three goals, an assists and won four penalties in the group stage.

11:05: Kopa Trophy – Jude Bellingham

Jude Bellingham has been touted as one of the best young players by the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jordan Henderson and Erling Haaland.

He made the assists for both of Dortmund’s goals in their clash with Bayern Munich in December and was the runner-up to Pedri in the Kopa Trohpy last year.

Bellingham was in the top three league-wide for duels won, sprints and intensive runs as he continued to impress at Dortmund.

10:50 – Kopa Trophy contenders

So those are the contenders for the Yashin Trophy, now let’s look at the Kopa Trophy which is named after Raymond Kopa, winner of the 1958 Ballon d’Or.

This category looks at the best Under-21 player from last season.

10:30 – Kopa Trophy previous winners

The winners of the three editions of the Kopa Trophy are:

2018 – Kylian Mbappe

2019 – Matthijs de Ligt

2021 – Pedri

Who will join them this year?

08:40 – It’s that time of the year..again!

08:30 – Which prizes are up for grabs?

In case you’re new to the Ballon d’Or or have forgotten why it’s seen as one of the highlights in the football calendar, here is what all the fuss is about.

Ballon d’Or – This is the men’s award for the best footballer over the last 12 months

Ballon d’Or Feminin – This is the women’s award for the best footballer over the last 12 months

Kopa Trophy – This is the award for the best footballer under the age of 21 over the last 12 months

Yashin Trophy – This is the award for the best goalkeeper over the last 12 months

We’ll find out the nominees for all of these prizes from 17:30 UK time today.

08:15 – Good morning and welcome!

Have you got that Friday feeling?

I hope so, but don’t worry if you don’t because today is Ballon d’Or nominations day. Hasn’t it come around quickly?

We’ll be building up to the nominations show which takes place this evening, taking you through the contenders for all the awards and the latest news ahead of the announcement. Stay tuned!

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